Archive for January 11th, 2015

11/01/2015

Half of Shas

Human Wrongs Watch

By Uri Avnery*

10 January 2015 — THE SHAS party has split into two. Opinion polls show that both parts are hovering around the 3.12% threshold which is now necessary for entering the Knesset, after the minimum was raised by the last Knesset.

**Political poster for Shas, featuring Eli Yishai. | Published by the Free Software Foundation | Wikimedia Commons

**Political poster for Shas, featuring Eli Yishai. | Published by the Free Software Foundation | Wikimedia Commons

Many people in Israel would be glad if both parts do not make it, and Shas would disappear once and for all from our political landscape.

Not I.

SHAS IS the party of oriental orthodox Jewish Israelis. It is debatable whether it is foremost orthodox or foremost oriental. I believe that the oriental part of its outlook is far more important.

(The term “oriental” needs some explanation. Jews from Muslim countries used to be called “sepharadi”, but that is a misnomer. Sepharad is the Hebrew name of Spain, and the terms applies properly only to the Jews who were expelled from Spain by the Catholic Majesties Ferdinand and Isabella in 1492. They were welcomed by the Ottoman Muslim empire and spread from Morocco to Bulgaria and Iran. However, most Jews from Muslim countries are not Sepharadim. My magazine, Haolam Hazeh, started to call them Mizrahim, Orientals, and this term is now generally accepted.)

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11/01/2015

Netanyahu to French Jews: ‘Come home to Israel from terrible European anti-Semitism’

Human Wrongs Watch

11 January 2015 (RT)*Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has invited Jews from France and the rest of Europe to immigrate to the state of Israel, referring to what he sees as a “rising tide of anti-Semitism” there. The statement comes in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks.
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel addresses the General Assembly. UN Photo/J Carrier

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel addresses the General Assembly. UN Photo/J Carrier

“To all the Jews of France, all the Jews of Europe, I would like to say that Israel is not just the place in whose direction you pray, the state of Israel is your home,” Prime Minister Netanyahu said in a televised statement on Saturday [10 Jan. 2015], referencing the Jewish tradition of facing Jerusalem when praying.

Netanyahu called on lawmakers to alter the existing immigration laws to make it easier for Jews to permanently move to Israel.

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